Indigeneity and Fashion, from Frida Kahlo to Dior

Program April 7, 2024, 12 p.m.
Mildred S. Lee Gallery

Join Mexican fashion scholar and curator Circe Henestrosa hosted by Rose director and chief curator, Gannit Ankori, for a conversation exploring how Indigenous Mexican material culture informs contemporary art and culture. From Frida Kahlo’s self-fashioning to Dior’s Frida Kahlo-inspired 2024 Cruise collection to Noé Martínez’s evocations of his Huastecan heritage, Henestrosa and Ankori will highlight the global impact of Mexican Indigenous culture on contemporary art and design. 



Circe Henestrosa is a fashion scholar and curator and Head of the School of Fashion, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. Her research looks at tangible and intangible heritage to develop new design languages. In particular, she is interested in looking at heritage as a medium to develop cultural enterprises in fashion. Her curatorial practice explores how garments and material culture inform and reflect social-cultural aspects of fashion within the exhibition context. Henestrosa curated the critically acclaimed exhibition Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo (2012) at The Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán, Mexico, followed by multiple blockbuster Kahlo exhibitions in London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Holland and the Rose Art Museum, curated in partnership with Gannit Ankori. 


This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition Noé Martínez: The Body Remembers, March 13–June 16, 2024, and is part of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, April 6-14, 2024.